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From October 20 to October 24, 2020 the Tbilisi State Conservatory, the International Center of Georgian Folk Song, and the Georgian State Folklore Center will be holding the 10th Anniversary Symposium on Traditional Polyphony. The symposium will take place at the Tbilisi State Conservatory, under the patronage of the President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili and the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture, and Sports.

The Tbilisi Symposia present contemporry trends in world scholarship on polyphony and promote the integration of Georgian ethnomusicology with Western ethnomusicology. These symposia have played a major role in arousing the interest of foreign scholars, who unanimously recognize its special place in the musical culture of the peoples of the world, in the study of Georgian polyphony.
41 scholars from 19 countries will take part in the tenth anniversary symposium. This year’s symposium will be held under special circumstances – given the conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic – and in accordance with the agreement with the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia. This year the symposium will be held in full compliance with the regulations imposed by the government, in a mixed format. Foreign scholars (except for 6 participants from the USA, Switzerland, Austria, and the UK) will participate remotely.

You can view the booklet and the program of the 10th Anniversary International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony and get comprehensive information about the scholarship, directors, and musicians participating in this year’s symposium.



The 7th International Festival of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was held from October 17th-22nd, 2019 in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China. The festival was cosponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of PRC, Sichuan Provincial People’s Government, UNESCO and the China National Commission for UNESCO. Main activities of the 7th IFICH included the opening ceremony and performance, the International Forum on ICH, the main venue activities at the ICH Expo Park, the parallel session of Sichuan’s “region-based ICH”.  The festival had more than 1000 participants from the 100 countries.

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“Network of UNESCO recognized values” – Fourth meeting of partners in Tbilisi, 7-11th of October, 2019.

The aim of the project is to build a network of the organizations representing Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) which is important for sharing experiences, best practices and tools for the safeguarding of traditional culture. The network will also increase the administrative capacity of the partner organizations.

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Specialist of International Research Center of Traditional Polyphony, Teona Lomsadze’s article “When tradition meets modernity – Georgian folk-fusion music” was published in journal of  ethnological studies “Folk Life”, by prestigious British publishing company Taylor & Francis online. This fact is noteworthy due to the fact that it is the first article in Georgian ethnomusicology which is published in peer reviewed international journal and is dedicated to the issue of transformation and contemporary interpretations of Georgian traditional music.

Full article is available through the following link:

https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/MXFYB5WGIJKNVGAWAGI4/full?target=10.1080/04308778.2019.1656791



 THE 10th ANNIVERSARY INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

ON TRADITIONAL POLYPHONY

 20– 24 October, 2020, Tbilisi, Georgia

International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony of Vano Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire and the International Centre for Georgian Folk Song are pleased to announce that the scholars working on the problems of polyphony are invited to participate in the 10th  Anniver­sary International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony, on 20–24 October, 2020, in Tbilisi, Georgia.

One of the features of the symposium is the diversity of themes, which is allowed by the interdisciplinary character of ethnomusicology.

Official languages of the Symposium are English and Georgian. All the papers will be published after the symposium in both English and Georgian.

Complete information including the history of previous symposia, information on the participants, contents of the bilingual books of proceedings with full texts of all symposium papers and about the International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony of Tbilisi State Conservatoire is provided at the Web Site: www.symposium.polyphony.ge

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On 12-22 July, Khulo, Shuakhevi and Keda municipalities of Achara will host a scientific-musical expedition. The expedition is will be realized as part of the three-year (2018-2021) project “Computational Analysis of Traditional Georgian Vocal Music”, with the financial support of German Research Foundation. The project aims to the documentation of Georgian traditional songs with new technologies.

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IRCTP published #26 Bulletin (June, 2018) which is available at the website and Facebook page of the center.

The bilingual bulletin of the IRCTP provides the information on the performance and study of traditional music, as well as presents novelties from Georgia’s ethnomusicological life.



📝 July 5th at the Zakaria Paliashvili Memorial House Museum  was held the lecture of IRCTP specialist Baia Zhuzhunadze. The topic of discussion was “The traditional Georgian dance in Georgian cinematography”.

The organizer: The Union of Tbilisi Municipal Museums